GloRilla Scores First Grammy Nomination for viral hit ‘F.N.F.’

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It’s been one heck of a year for rising artist GloRilla, as she just got nominated for Best Rap Performance at the 2023 Grammy’s for her viral song with Hitkidd “F.N.F. (Let’s Go).”

GloRilla, whose real name is Gloria Hallelujah Woods, took to social media to express her excitement. “GODDDDD. I’m speechless!!!!!” she wrote on her Instagram page.

The other nominees in that category are Dj Khaled featuring Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, John Legend and Fridayy for “GOD DID,” Doja Cat for “Vegas,” Gunna and Future featuring Young Thug for “Pushin P,” and Kendrick Lamar for “The Heart Part 5.” The 65th annual award show will air live on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023 at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, California.

The Memphis rapper’s breakout single “F.N.F. (Let’s Go),” which was released on April 29, went viral on the internet and debuted at No. 42 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. This led her to get signed to Yo Gotti’s CMG record label through Interscope Records. She made her debut performance and won her first award for Best Breakthrough Artist at this year’s BET Hip-Hop Awards. “I don’t want to cry my makeup off… I want to thank God, my team, my mama, Yo Gotti, the biggest CEO, my manager, my family, and everybody that supported me. Thank y’all. Y’all, I don’t know what to say. Let’s go,” she said as she excepted her award that night.

GloRilla is also nominated for Favorite Female Hip Hop Artist alongside Nicki Minaj, Megan Thee Stallion, Cardi B, and Latto at this year’s American Music Award, which is set to air on Sunday, Nov. 20.

Last week, GloRilla released her debut nine-track EP, Anyway’s Life’s Great. It features rappers Cardi B, Niki Pooh, and Hitkidd who produced the hit “F.N.F. (Let’s Go).” The release of her single “Tomorrow 2” featuring Cardi B was another big moment for the 23-year-old rapper, as it debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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Offset Speaks Out Following The Passing Of TakeOff: ‘My Heart Is Shattered’

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Offset speaks out following the passing of TakeOff.

The rapper shared a letter to his late groupmate via Instagram. He writes, “the pain you have left me with is unbearable. My heart is shattered, and I have so many things to say but i can’t find the words..’

Read the full statement below.

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Track By Track: Nas – “King’s Disease III”

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Nas has dropped three incredible albums in the last thirteen months. King’s Disease II was a feature-filled smash, Magic was a more exclusive album with impeccable storytelling throughout, and now we have King’s Disease III which we’ll dissect throughout this article. 

On track by track, we breakdown iconic and important albums song by song to get a better understanding of the album. In this article we’re going to take King’s Disease III track by track.

Ghetto Reporter

Richard Pryor’s voice welcomes you to the album with his classic “Just Us” riff off his 1975 comedy album, just before Nas fittingly starts the song with “it’s comedy, it’s hilarious.” Immediately Nas makes reference to his recent projects and the volume of work he’s been putting out “droppin’ album after album like it’s a various artist compilation, but it’s just me and HB (Hit-Boy).” 

This track establishes a cinematic feel utilizing different sound bites and horns to make the production feel larger than life. This is an impeccable introduction to the album that would draw in any Nas fan to want more. In the second verse Nas announces that this album is better than his last three albums, tempting listeners to continue listening.

The track ends with a soft piano riff and Nas saying “When I’m fifty years old, I wanna have fifty-year old fans, sixty-year old fans, sixteen-year old fans.”

Legit 

This song starts with a sample from the 1991 film “The Five Heartbeats,”  a movie loosely based on The Temptations, James Brown, and a number of legendary musicians. This sample not only continues the cinematic theme, but confirms Nas’s love for 90’s films. On Magic, he named an entire song after the 1998 film Meet Joe Black. The movie references continue as Nas name drops Black Panther 2 and Jordan Peele in this song. 

Legit is a story about “going straight” from street life set to a groovy piano beat. 

“And the cold shit I done did, all them O’s I tried to flip, who’d have thought I’d go legit?”

Thun 

It feels ludicrous to say this about a Nas song, but this tack is an ode to New York, and Queensbridge specifically. Thun is both reminiscent of New York in the 90’s and a commentary on the present. The most memorable lines of the song are Jay-Z focused “In a Range Rover, dissectin’ bars from “Takeover.” Sometimes I text Hova like “N****, this ain’t over”, laughin,” and “No beef or rivals, they playin’ ‘Ether’ on TIDAL.”

Thun is jam packed with New York references and HOT 97’s DJ Camilo is even name dropped towards the end of the sole verse in this song. 

Michael & Quincy

Throughout this song Nas compares himself and producer Hit-Boy to Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones. The song is stuffed with MJ references as Nas mentions Thriller, Bad, Smooth Criminal, and a number of things MJ did in his life. 

“Like Quincy on the trumpet, Hit-Boy on a drum kit.”

30 

30 is one of the simpler songs on this album. The beat is simple with a steady organ accompanied by drums placed overtop. Nas calls out Pete Rock and lightly mentions the New York drill scene. This is a transition song in the flow of the album, it’s short, sweet and to the point. 

Hood2Hood 

Here the sound of the album pivots. Hood2Hood features an enchanting 80’s synthesizer rhythm adding a much lighter sound six songs into the project. The premise of the song is that all of America’s hoods have things in common and Nas’s music rings off in all of them. 

“We know that controversy sells so y’all good. When I drop, they hear me on every block, hood to hood.” 

Recession Proof 

The beat to Recession Proof is reminiscent of the theme song to a 90’s police procedural. On this song, Nas explains the disposability of life in the city – “Ain’t nobody recession proof.” This is another track that highlights the difference between life before fame and after fame for Nas. The chorus is largely about Nas’s current situation being famous, whereas the verses focus mainly on the things Nas had to become legendary.  

Reminisce

“Cause every other day I’m remindin’ myself. I reached every goal that was high on the shelf.” This album is shaping out to be an audio memoir of Nas reflecting on his life in comparison to his current status as one of rap’s GOATs. 

The bars “I went for the cash grab, crack cash was my math class. Fresh white tee, two diamond crosses look like a hashtag. News is fake, never knew I’d soon relate to Tom Brady goin’ for seven in Tampa Bay,” are a perfect example of Nas showing his growth from his youth to adulthood. 

“Those things were great man but today what we doin’ is next level and I don’t like to reminisce (That was then, this is now).”

Serious Interlude 

This is a classic Nas interlude with a hypnotic soul sample and Mario on back up vocals. On the Serious Interlude, he tells the story of hooking up with an older married woman and the stress involved. “When I crush and she go back home, I hate the silence. Writin’ in my notepad, flippin’ through soul samples. Not knowin’ I could get caught in a whole scandal.”

I’m On Fire

Here Nas flows over a simple boom-bap beat with subtle soul samples. “Still got the same flame behind me from the ‘Hate Me Now’ video” is the opening line and is really indicative of what Nas is trying to say in this song. I’m On Fire is a braggadocious track focusing on Nas’s staying power in the rap game. Saying that he’s “Still got the same flame behind me from the ‘Hate Me Now’ video” is just a very Nas way of saying “I’m as good and as hungry as I was in 1999. He continues this message throughout the track.

WTF SMH

It should come as no surprise that this track titled “WTF SMH” is all about Nas’s gripes with the rap industry, racism, and policing. “W-T-F, S-M-H, O-M-G (Uh) How could you put these pussy ass rappers over me? When all they do is cap, all they do is L-I-E.”

Nas makes a point to say that “This is not a rap song why you callin’ it that? This is a audiobook, I’m an author on tracks.” He is simply venting facts on this song. 

Once a Man, Twice a Child

Twelve tracks into the album and it’s obvious that the primary theme of this project is to out Nas’s life into perspective. “From mama’s boy to preschool to college to now employed. Now you on, got your first crib, she’s having your firstborn.”

Once a Man, Twice a Child is a song about the quick passage of time. Puff, 50 Cent, Mike Tyson, and Steve Stoute all get shoutouts over another boom bap beat sampling a smooth jazz line. 

The chorus on this song is a masterclass in word play “I ducked a razor, ducked some punches, even ducked a gun Nintendo Duck Hunt, I ducked police, I had to run. Meanwhile, when you get old, you might become futile. My old style is a rough of my new style.”

Get Light

This song is true to the title, the sound of the album lightens up and the tempo picks up. This is definitely the grooviest song on the album thus far, while staying true to the concept of the album. “I was just the tender age of eighteen on the charts. Wasn’t even dreamin’ this far, believe who you are.” Nas continues to hammer home the point of this album, which is his longevity as an artist and the changes he’s gone through. 

First Time

After getting light and picking up the tempo, Nas immediately slows things back down with First Time. Unlike the other songs on King’s Disease III, the perspective of First Time is from the point of view of the fans. The chorus asks the listener about the “First Time They Heard Nas.”

On the second verse Lil Wayne, Biggie, Kendrick, Lebron’s kids, Slick Rick, Tupac, and many others get shoutouts as Nas compares his own legacy to their greatness. 

The standout line of this track is “you probably heard somebody say that I pick bad beats” where Nas addresses criticism of his beat selection. 

Beef

Fifteen songs in and Beef has the hardest and strongest beat on the album. Throughout this track, Nas speaks from the point of view of “beef” personified. 

“I’m what happens on mad blocks, I’m the jabs taken in talks, the arguments between the women in the crab leg spots, that behind the back shit, complex and multifaceted.”

The first verse focuses on the nature of beef, the second verse focuses on the history of beef, and the outro is “beef” claiming innocence. This is without a doubt the most conceptually interesting song on the album, Nas is the only rapper who would think of rapping from the point of view of “beef.”

Don’t Shoot

Nas names his songs in a very straightforward manner, Don’t Shoot is a song where Nas pleads to the listener to put the gun down. “Don’t shoot gangster, you are him and he is you. Don’t kill thе messenger.” 

On this track, Nas floats back and forth between his current status as a millionaire attempting to change the community and spreading a message of peace. The opening line to the first verse is particularly thought provoking “Am I snitching when the police commissioner my friend? Am I a player when me and the mayor hang and tap in? Just a grown man tryna see how to change the community.” On an album where Nas is continuously comparing his come up in the 90’s to the present, he wrestles with his reality in comparison to what a younger version of him would’ve thought. 

The song ends poignantly with him saying “No I do not really know the police commissioner. But shit, I’ll talk to anybody about saving lives.”

Til My Last Breath – Bonus Track

Although “Til My Last Breath” is on theme with the rest of the album, I see why Nas placed it as a “bonus track” at the end of the album. Like the majority of the project, Nas speaks on where he came from versus where he is in the current moment – however this track is a little more basic and commercial. 

Til My Last Breath is filled with sports and pop culture references, it honestly would’ve been more appropriate on a Madden or 2k soundtrack or to release this as a single. The song is not bad, but ending the album with Don’t Shoot would’ve been a stronger ending. 

Conclusion

Nas and Hit-Boy have done it again! They’ve made yet another classic, this time with no features and little to no extra bells and whistles. The beats throughout Kings Disease III can be described as efficient and innocuous, very rarely does a beat differentiate mid song or have more than a sample, some drums, and maybe a horn or two. 

The message of King’s Disease III or the central concept of the album is that Nas is managing the repercussions of his legacy. Much of the project compares Nas’s come up to his present. Songs like Beef and Don’t Shoot address the beef culture that Nas was a part of early in his career and how it has escalated through the years. I’m On Fire and Reminisce are both affirmations that Nas still has it.

King’s Disease III is another notch in Nas’s belt. Another classic album, this time with no features. Like most Nas albums, the best way to listen to these songs is in one sitting all the way through. Throw it on for a long car ride, a work out, or while riding on the subway. Nas is telling his story and anyone who claims to love hip-hop should listen.

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YNW Melly Faces Death Penalty Following First Degree Murder Charges

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YNW Melly could possibly face capital punishment if convicted in his upcoming murder trial.

Legally known as Jamell Demons, YNW Melly was initially indicted in 2019 and charged with the murders of Anthony Williams (YNW Sakchaser) and Christopher Thomas Jr. (YNW Juvy). According to reports, the shooting took place while the men were driving in Miramar, Florida. Prosecutors say Demons pulled the trigger while another individual, Cortlen Henry, was driving.

The trial for Demons was set to begin in July however Circuit Judge, Andrew Siegel, ruled that the prosecutors could not seek the death penalty because they failed to give the rapper’s attorney’s ‘proper notice’.

In last week’s ruling, the Fourth District Court of Appeal found that prosecutors acted properly and had already notified the court about the seek to death and was not required to repeat the notification.

“Nowhere does the statute or rule require the state, after a superseding indictment, to file an additional notification to the defendant that the state is seeking the death penalty,” the appellate court wrote in its decision. “The state complied with the statute, and rule, requiring notice within 45 days of arraignment.”

Demons and his attorneys will not know whether he’ll be given the death penalty until the Florida Supreme Court rules on the case.

In July, the rapper shared on his Instagram, “Today Melly wins motion to remove death penalty against prosecution – management”.

Demons trial was originally scheduled to being in April 2022 but was postponed. Hence another trial was scheduled for July 2022 but was yet again delayed over the ongoing dispute regarding the death penalty.

The next court date has not been set.

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Gabrielle Union Says Zaya Wade Has To ‘Fight Every day To Be Seen And Loved’

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Gabrielle Union says though she and her family has created a safe space for their daughter, Zaya Wade. Yet, Zaya still has to fight every day.

Gab Union is gearing up to star in a film titled ‘The Inspection.’ In the film she plays a mother to a gay son, who joins the Marines and fights to become successful in a system that was not designed for him.

Gab speaks on the film in a recent interview. She explains, “as a mother, I just wanna be part of healing for a child. I wanted to be there as a mother except that wasn’t my job and it was kind of difficult to separate me as a mother, me as a producer and me as an actor because I just wanted to hold him. I just wanted to make everything OK as most mothers want. But I had a job to do and I had to stay focused on the task at hand.”

The actress shares four children with NBA player Dwyane Wade.  Zaire, 20, Zaya, 15, Xavier 8, and Kaavia James, 4. The Wades have been very vocal about supporting their daughter/sister, Zaya, on her transformation journey. Gab and Dwyane have been very vocal about supporting the LBGTQ+ community. While speaking about the film, Gab expresses creating a safe space for Zaya.

“Zaya’s still a child of this world and we try to create a loving safe bubble in our home, in her school and community with our extended family but she’s still a queer person in this country, in this world and she has to fight every day to be seen, to be loved, to be nurtured, to be thought of as worthy. I’m glad that [fans get] a snippet of the joy that exists but always know that it is a struggle, and she is not completely unlike Elegance in the sense of the yearning for loved ones to see them and love them completely without condition.”

Take a look at the trailer for ‘The Inspection’ below.

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